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‘Debt-ridden’ Aussie, 53, found hanged in Phuket apartment parking lot

Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 53-year-old Australian man who was found this morning hanged at a Kathu apartment’s parking lot.

suicide note left in PhuketPolice Lieutenant Sawanya Ieadtrong of the Thung Thong Police Station was notified at about 7am this morning via the 191 emergency hotline that a foreigner was thought to have hung himself at an apartment on Soi Seua Leuang in Kathu.

Accompanied by rescue workers, Pol Lt Sawanya arrived to the scene, the parking lot of a Pleum Jai Apartment, and found the man hanging from a nylon rope tied to a beam overhead.

Officers did not note any signs of a struggle, and found five empty bottles of Singha beer about 2 meters from the body.

The deceased did not have any valuables on his person, though police did find a scrap piece of paper in his pocket, with the written message “Call my son Chris [number omitted]”

Tenants identified the deceased as an Australian national who lived in an apartment room 30 meters from where the body was found.

The landlord was notified and led police to the deceased’s room, where they found the man’s personal items, identity documents and a letter addressed to his son.

The landlord and other apartment tenants told police that the deceased had worked in tourism but had recently been struggling financially due to a lack of business, having incurred a number of outstanding personal debts with neighbors.

The landlord said that the deceased had failed to pay his rent for two months.

And based on the claim that “maids clean the premises regularly” Police suspect that the five beer bottles had most likely been left by the deceased, who was estimated to have died 3-4 hours before being discovered by a female tenant this morning at 6.30am.

The Phuket News is withholding the name of the deceased as police have not yet been able to notify the man’s kin.

Nonetheless, the body has been transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examination.

Phuket News

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